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FA, Greg Clarke, global tour, 2030 World Cup

FA’s Greg Clarke to embark on global tour with 2030 World Cup in mind

The chairman of the Football Association is to embark on a worldwide tour of other Fifa member countries on a charm offensive which could help England if they decide to bid for the 2030 World Cup. Greg Clarke has already visited two thirds of Uefa territories but he will extend his meetings to include Africa and Asia. The purpose of the ...

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Fernando Llorente off the mark for Tottenham in stroll against Apoel

Fernando Llorente off the mark for Tottenham in stroll against Apoel

It has taken a while – 17 appearances to be precise – but Fernando Llorente is up and running as a Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer. The summer signing from Swansea City has been used mainly as a substitute by Mauricio Pochettino but, given a starting opportunity in what was a dead Champions League rubber, he responded with a decent all-round performance and he ...

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Manchester City’s winning run ends as makeshift side fall to Shakhtar

Manchester City’s winning run ends as makeshift side fall to Shakhtar

Pep Guardiola said his players “needed to lose” in order to regain their focus, after Manchester City were beaten for the first time in 227 days. City were poor in the first half then rallied after the break but they failed to become the first English side to be victorious in all six Champions League group matches. Sergio Agüero scored a late penalty after ...

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool strike force will have last-16 rivals worried

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool strike force will have last-16 rivals worried

Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool’s formidable attacking quartet will strike fear throughout the Champions League after his team swept into the last 16 with a 7-0 destruction of Spartak Moscow. Philippe Coutinho, with the first hat-trick of his Anfield career, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah scored as Liverpool struck seven without reply for the second time in the group campaign. Victory ensured ...

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Winter Olympics doping ban met with righteous anger in Russia

Winter Olympics doping ban met with righteous anger in Russia

Russian officials and public figures have referred to the ban on the Russian teamfrom taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics as “war”, “racism” and “genocide”, as Tuesday evening’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was met by a wave of righteous anger. The allegations of doping were hardly mentioned as officials and ordinary Russians attempted to portray the punishments ...

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli says: ‘I’m my own biggest critic and know when I struggle’

Tottenham’s Dele Alli says: ‘I’m my own biggest critic and know when I struggle’

Dele Alli has described himself as his own worst critic and suggested he is conscious of his lack of consistency this season. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has hit the heights, notably with his two-goal performance in the 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid at Wembley last month, but there have been other occasions when he has laboured. The 21-year-old intends ...

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Manchester United hit back to beat CSKA Moscow and clinch top spot

Manchester United hit back to beat CSKA Moscow and clinch top spot

Under other circumstances, the main cause for celebration would have been that Manchester United qualified for the Champions League’s knockout stages for the first time since David Moyes was a few months into his six-year contract and Marouane Fellaini was Old Trafford’s newest signing. As it was, in the lowest-profile match of a high-stakes week, sandwiched between games against Arsenal and Manchester ...

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Celtic, Europa League, Simunovic, Anderlecht win

Celtic reach Europa League despite Simunovic gifting Anderlecht win

Brendan Rodgers was keen to accentuate positives after Celtic’s latest European disappointment. Perhaps he was quite right to; from a Champions League section that also included Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain, Europa League football after Christmas was always the fairest target. Celtic confirmed third place in unimpressive fashion, though, and with only three points. Victory in the head-to-head scenario with Anderlecht was ...

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London to host Magnus Carlsen's world chess championship defense in 2018

London to host Magnus Carlsen’s world chess championship defense in 2018

Magnus Carlsen will make his third defense of the world chess championship next year in London, which was officially named as the host city for the biannual tournament on Wednesday. The World Chess Federation (Fide) made the announcement at a launch event at Kensington Roof Gardens hosted by Carlsen and former UK chancellor George Osborne. The Norwegian champion, who turns 27 on ...

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Tiger Woods ready for soft relaunch at the Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods ready for soft relaunch at the Hero World Challenge

There were only a handful of people there to watch. Given the remoteness – and exclusivity – of this location, there may only be a handful more when Tiger Woodstakes to the 1st tee on Thursday for this, his latest reappearance from supposedly the brink of oblivion. Yet on Wednesday, albeit in the pro-am format far removed from the major championships ...

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